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YVONNE LIME IN 'HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS' WITH SUSANNE SIDNEY

Title: HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS Year: 1958 Rating: ***1/2

HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS seems like three movies in one, and the titular tale... about a gang of tough girl bullies playing tricks on beautiful blonde new girl Yvonne Lime... is not only the best, but should have been everything...

What a shame that a breezy, completely filler romance with Lime's Joyce Martin with local diner waiter Brett Halsey blandly intrudes... along with scenes involving Joyce's crummy parents... because the downright stunning yet still equally doe-eyed, girl-next-door vulnerable I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF starlet is far more interesting with the female antagonists her age...

Jana Lund and Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS

Meanwhile the HELLCAT leader's another pretty, full-lipped blonde... but Jana Lund has a glib sneer that means dirty business, initially tricking Joyce into wearing slacks when they're not allowed on campus...

Even by the school's helpful and progressive teacher Rhoda Williams — yet the best character is gang leader Lund's right hand thug in the short, sassy, ferociously rugged firebrand Dolly Crane played by Susanne Sidney... 

Jana Lund with Heather Ames and Susanne Sidney in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS with Nancy Kilgas

She alone ignites the film's opening credits with a flick of a switchblade — then becomes a creepy, last-minute movie monster inside a dark, closed-down movie theater finale that should have lasted longer... 

But as with many 1950's teenage rebellion flicks... including the legendary REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE... the cautionary tale style of melodrama encroaches exploitive chills and thrills built into such a terrific title that, while deserving a better plot, did have the right actresses on board: who simply needed far more to do, or react to.

Jana Lund in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Heather Ames and Susanne Sidney in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Taking Opening Credit for HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Jana Lund with Heather Ames and Susanne Sidney in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Jana Lund and Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Open-minded teacher Rhoda Williams in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Scene stealer Susanne Sidney in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS with Brett Halsey
Yvonne Lime in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS with Heather Ames
Susanne Sidney in HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS


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